Top 10 Richest Temple of India
भारत के 10 सबसे अमीर मंदिर - Top 10 Richest Temple of India
How rich are temples in India? Which is the richest temples in India? How many devotees visit the temple,why do we donate money and gold ? Temples are places of worship for followers of Hinduism. Here are the ten richest temple of India and Approx Idea of Wealth Of below Listed Temples
1 Padmanabhaswamy Temple Trivandrum
Vishnu is the principal deity in Padmanabhaswamy temple and It is the richest Hindu temple in the world. The temple was constructed in Dravidian style of architecture featuring high walls, and a 16th-century Gopuram. Treasures worth $20 billion were found in Padmanabhaswamy temple recently. This temple has recently overtaken the famous Tirupati Balaji temple that held the title of the richest temple till now. In 2011, a hidden treasure worth 1,00,000 crore was discovered in underground crypts. This treasure included a sack full of real diamonds! Apart from this hidden wealth, the total worth of antiques used to decorate the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple in itself must be astronomical.
2 Tirupati Balaji Temple, Andhra Pradesh
Tirupati Thirumala Temple is the second wealthiest temple. It is situated in the hill town of Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh and is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. About 60000 devotees go to the temple everyday and the temple gets 6 million devotees every year. Tirupati’s Venkateswara deity is clad with about 1000kgs of gold. Every day around 150,000 laddus are made at the temple to serve the devotees.The temple gets about Rs 650 crore in donations every year.Before the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple made headlines, the 'wish fulfilling' Balaji temple in Tirumala was considered to be the richest temple in this country.
Tirumala Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple is a famous South Indian temple in the hill town of Tirumala. This ancient temple dates back to 1200 BC. Lord Venkateswara is considered the main deity to be worshipped by all the devotees in Kali Yuga. Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple is present at an estimated height of nearly 3000 feet above the sea level.
There is a mythical story that Lord Balaji who resides in the Tirupati temple incurred a huge loan from the treasurer of the Gods, Kuber to sponsor his wedding. Apparently he is still paying the debt and thus, donations from devotees in cash or kind are welcome.
3 Sai Baba Temple, Shirdi
Shridi Sai Baba is one of the greatest saints in India and is worshipped by devotees as the absolute incarnation of the God. Piligrims coming to Shirdi are advised to see the Khandoba Temple, Samadhi Mandir, Lendi Gardens, Gurusthan, Chavadi, Dwarkamai and other nearby temples. Shri Sai Baba Sansthan provides good accommodation facilities to all the pilgrims during the festival seasons.
It is ironic that a temple devoted to the biggest advocate of poverty is the third most richest temple in India. Sai Baba was a 'fakir' or an asetic who undertook begging as a mode of livelihood.
The government of Maharashtra showed massive interest in investing in this temple and making it a world class tourist and pilgrimage location.. It is the third wealthiest temple in India where millions of devotees of different religion visit everyday. The temple has ornaments worth Rs. 32 crore.
4 Jagnnath Temple, Puri
Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri (Odisha) is a sacred 12th century hindu temple in India dedicated to Lord Jagannath which means 'Lord of the Universe'. The trinity of deities - Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and goddess Subhadra in wooden form are the presiding deities of this holy temple sitting on the Ratnavedi in the inner sanctum. Every 12 years, these divine wooden statues are ceremoniously replaced by an exact replica carved from the sacred trees called as Daru Bramha.
It is a valued place for Hindus and an important pilgrimage destination. It is a worship place for followers of Krishna and Vishnu. The temple has been robbed 18 times in the past. More than 30000 devotees throng the shrine of the temple every day.The temple has huge collection of gold ornaments in its possession.
As it is not known which religious faith Lord Vishnu belonged, people from all religions flock to this temple.
5 Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai -
It is one of the famous landmarks for the coastal city of Mumbai and has about 25000 visitors each day. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Ganesha Lord and the wooden doors of the temple are inscribed with different images of Ganesha in Maharashtra. It is a hot favorite among the Bollywood stars of Mumbai.
Mumbai is full of Bollywood stars but the king of them all is Ganesha himself. This Ganesh (Vinayak) temple looks and feels like a important government building from outside.Many devotees worship Lord Ganesh (black stone idol) in a two-century-old Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir to fulfil their desires. Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple is located at Prabhadevi. The 200 year old remarkable temple was completely renovated to a six storeyed structure in 1990.
The dome over Ganesha is coated in 3.7 kilos of gold that was donated by a Kolkata-based businessman.Sources at the Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan put their annual income at Rs 320 crore
6 . Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu - Katra
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi (Mother Goddess Durga) resides in holy cave named Trikuta at an altitude of 5200 feet attracting crores of devotees annually throughout the country. Mata darshan is opened to the devotees round the clock throughout the year.
This is a very popular Vaishnav Devi temple and the temple has a wealth of 5000 million. It is also the second most popular temple after Venkasteshwara temple.located in Katra at the Trikuta Mountains within the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Temple or Bhawan is 13.5 km from Katra and various modes of transportation are available from katra to Bhawan, including Ponies, Electric vehicles and paalkhis operated by 2 or 4 persons. Helicopter services are also available up to Sanjichhat, which is 9.5 km from Katra
7. Somnath Temple, Gujarat
Shree Somnath Jyotirling temple in Gujarat is the 1st among the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. Somnath Mahadev Temple stands at the coast of the Arabian Sea. Many ancient texts like Srimad Bhagavata Maha Purana, Shiv Puran and Skanda Purana have references to this ancient temple.
Somnath temple in Gujarat is also a famous tourist and pilgrimage spot. It is believed that Chandra, the moon god created the temple in honour of lord shiva. The temple was destroyed and constructed many times by Hindu emperors and Islamic kings. Somnath Trust’s land assets are valued Rs1,639.14 crore.This makes the temple the richest in India.
8 . Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi
Kashi Vishwanath temple is a temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the oldest and richest temples of Shiva in India. The temple was demolished and constructed many times and still stands tall. It is estimated that 300000 Indians and 240000 tourists visit the temple every year.
The Kashi Vishwanath temple receives around 3,000 visitors every day. On certain occasions the numbers reach 1,000,000 and more. Noteworthy about the temple is 15.5 metre high gold spire and gold dome. There are three domes each made up of pure gold.
Vishwanathan, who is temple’s main deity, means ruler of the universe and the temple certainly lives upto its name. With 2 gold-plated domes, annual donations of more than 6 crores, and devotees like Industrialist Ganesh Gupta, the temple firmly places itself into the Richest Temples list.
9. Sabarimala Temple
The Sabarimala temple, located in the Periyar Tiger Reserve of Kerala, is renowned for lakhs of pilgrims thronging it all through the year and bestow crores of rupees on their favorite deity. Donations amounted to 203 crores in the year 2013. Of the aggregate income of Sabarimala, the turnout from the sale of aravana prasadam alone stood at 74.50 crores. Set amidst beautiful and scenic hills of Pathanamthitta District, the temple is visited by 100 million devotees every year. The devotees are expected to follow a 41 day fast before the pilgrimage. During this period, they refrain from non-vegetarian food of any kind (except dairy), alcohol, and tobacco, and even sex. This ensures cleansing of the soul from the core !!
Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple is the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha Temples. It is believed that "Parasurama Maharshi" who retrieved Kerala from the sea by throwing his axe, installed the idol of Ayyappa at Sabarimala to worship Lord Ayyappa.
The shrine of Sabarimala is one of the most remote shrines in southern India yet it still draws three to four million pilgrims each year. Surrounded by mountains and dense forest Sabarimala is believed to be the place where Ayyappan meditated. Perhaps the best known pilgrimage destination in Kerala is Sabarimala
10. Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya - Bihar
Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya is one of the famous four holiest place of Buddhism. Mohabodhi Temple is also known as Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya.
The Mahabodhi temple is also called as the "Great Awakening Temple". It is among one of the World Heritage Sites.The bodhi tree behind the temple is believed to be a descendant of the original.
It is the place where The Buddha and Siddhartha Gautama was enlightened. This site consist one main temple and some scared places. You might be thinking what stupid thing is saying this guy? But it is true that Bodh gaya is also a scared place. Lord Buddha was reached in Enlightenment when he sat under the bodhi tree at the age of 35 years. Siddharatha was also reached in Enlightenment under this Bodhi tree.